On October 30, 2018, the 45th Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator was tabled in Parliament. The report makes 21 recommendations on a variety of issues in federal corrections, including:
The report also provides the following update on older/aging offenders:
"My Office, in collaboration with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, is actively investigating issues affecting older/aging offenders in federal custody and in the community. The Chief Commissioner and I expect our joint report to be publicly released in Fall 2018. In the meantime, the Service continues to consult and put together a framework that would promote 'wellness and independence of older persons in custody.' Given that one-quarter of the inmate population is now aged 50 or older, this work needs to advance in a decidedly more prioritized manner. The needs and concerns of this growing, but still largely hidden and under-serviced population, are well known to CSC. It is time to finally move from consultation and discussion to implementation and action."
The Dementia Justice Society of Canada is grateful that the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI), as well as the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and Correctional Service Canada (CSC), continue to address the plight of older persons in custody, including those with dementia. We look forward to the forthcoming OCI/CHRC joint report on the systemic discrimination of aging and elderly federal offenders in prisons and community corrections, as well as the CSC's framework on older persons in custody.
45th Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator